Tips for Safety during a Tornado.
Tornadoes in Mississippi can be rampant this time of year because of the ever-changing weather.
Here are some tips for being weather aware:
If you are at home during a tornado:
Go to a windowless interior room on the lowest level of your house. Go to a storm cellar or basement if your house has one. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller room without windows.
Get away from windows.
Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.
Get under a heavy piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
If you are at work or school during a tornado:
Go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level.
Avoid places with wide-pan roof such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways or shopping malls.
If you are in a car during a tornado:
Never try to drive faster than a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.
Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
As always, if SERVPRO of Laurel can help in any way, give us a call at 601-425-0119
Water proofing your commercial building
Inspect Your Commercial Building and Keep It Weatherproof
Is your Laurel,MS business in a building that is comfortable, dry and weatherproof? If so, thank the heroes responsible for exterior maintenance. It is their job to keep your building maintained. Proper maintenance ensures that the weather stays outside where it belongs.
Damage to the exterior lets in the weather. Some, like broken windows, is obvious and demands immediate attention. Other damage starts tiny and grows into serious maintenance problems.
Examples of minor damage are:
Small holes in siding
Loose or cracked windows
Gaps around vents, pipes and other exterior features
Routine Inspections Are the Key to Preventive Maintenance
Every building has problems that are easy to overlook. They don’t interfere with the business operation, so they go unreported. The first step in fixing them is finding them. The best way to identify them is through a complete building inspection. Think of this as a close inspection of the building with the help of a checklist. Here are some of the tasks that an exterior maintenance inspection might include:
1. Inspect the roof. Look for areas where the roofing material needs repair. Check the vents, air conditioner and other features attached to the roof to make sure they won’t leak. Check the gutters and downspouts. Make sure that rain water will flow down and away from the building.
2. Inspect the walls. Look for openings that might let water in. A structural engineer can help you determine if there is water damage.
3. Inspect the masonry. Areas that are failing might provide a path for water to get inside. Bring in a professional to check the situation.
4. Inspect the doors and windows. Make sure that they stop the flow of air and water.
Some exterior maintenance problems can’t wait.
One of these is water damage. SERVPRO of Laurel has water damage restoration specialists ready to come to your aid. They are just a phone call away. 601-425-0119
When it comes to water damage, it is important to remember that it doesn’t take a major flood or a hurricane to cause severe damage to your home. Most water damage problems are actually the result of a small leak that goes undetected over a long period of time. By the time you notice it, it is too late. Your drywall can become swollen and stained, ceilings could be sagging, carpets ruined, floors warped and it could pose a threat to your home’s electrical system.
Whether you’ve discovered water damage from a broken or leaky pipe, a sewer line break, a sink or toilet overflow, or a malfunctioning appliance like a water heater, washing machine, dishwasher or refrigerator in your home, our flood damage technicians are equipped to handle any problem 24 hours a day.
Potential Dangers From Water Damage.
Something as small as above average humidity levels are more than enough to cause you problems, namely in the form of mold, mildew, and other potentially dangerous toxins. According to the CDC you should keep the moisture levels in your inhabitable spaces between 40% to 60%.
Obviously, standing water will damage flooring, drywall and other similar materials on your property; but just the elevated moisture content in the air can lead to future issues such as MOLD! Molds slowly destroy the things they grow on, and if left unchecked, can cause serious structural damage.
The key to proper restoration is fast response time. The sooner you call SERVPRO of Laurel, the faster our team of certified service technicians can get to work to make the water damage "Like it never even happened."
Our water damage services include:
- Water extraction
- Structural drying
- Damage Assessments
- Mold Remediation
- Antimicrobial treatment
- Debris Removal
- Upholstery & Carpet Cleaning
- HVAC Duct Cleaning
- Structural Repair
We strive for exceptional customer service.
Our top priorities are safety, quality, and exceptional customer service. We are an emergency restoration company that provides service to both residential and commercial clients. If you have flooding of any kind, our trained and certified technicians can handle any and all water damage situations. We make sure that any affected area is professionally cleaned, deodorized and sanitized. SERVPRO of Laurel is available to handle any opportunity 24 hours a day. 601-425-0119
Helpful tips for your property
SERVPRO is a franchise company. SERVPRO has been in business for over 50 years. Experience, coupled with training, has made given them quite a bit of knowledge to pass on to their clients. SERVPRO of Laurel is owned and staffed by highly trained and specialized personnel that really desire to help you in whatever cleanup or recovery situation you find yourself in. There are many things that you can do and many you shouldn't do before SERVPRO arrives to help you with your fire, water damage, smoke damage, vandalism, or even harmful waste issues. The "do's and don'ts" so to speak.
For instance with fire or smoke damage -
. Limit your movement in the home or business to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in upholstery or carpets
. Keep your hands clean. Soot transfers easily and can damage many surfaces including woodwork
. attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Laurel
. Consume any canned or packaged food or beverage that may have been close to the fire
With Water Damage..
. Shut off water source if possible
. Turn off circuit breakers fro wet areas of the building
. Enter rooms with standing water where electrical hazards may exist
. Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet
Be prepared for all emergencies by learning all you can about what to do until help arrives.
An extensive list can be obtained by calling SERVPRO of Laurel
Choosing to Restore versus Replace.
When you need residential fire damage services, you should contact a locally owned and operated professional that can quickly diagnose the exact nature of your problem and then get right to work on solving it. Fire and smoke are particularly destructive forces that can gut a structure and cause it to be condemned. If your property is suffering from this sort of damage, you may need immediate help to salvage it.
You'll Need a Company That Specializes in Fire Damage Restoration:
After any damage has occurred, you should contact a company immediately for an initial diagnosis. This will then be followed by a team getting directly to work on cleaning up and fully restoring the affected area. Cleanup, removal of debris, neutralization of remaining odors, and purifying of the air can commence quickly to prevent any further health problems that often arise after fire damage.
Concentrate on Restoration Rather Than Replacement:
The focus of good restoration service should always fixate on restoring your property rather than replacing it. When possible, it's better to isolate quickly and neutralize any issues rather than replacing your entire property. Restoration not only costs you less money in the long run, but it also allows you to quickly get back to living your life faster. If parts of the property do need to be completely rebuilt, talk to the company about timelines for the areas that are fixable first, and then concentrate on the areas that need to be entirely redone.
What to Expect from Any Service:
A reputable restoration service will do an immediate assessment of the damage, followed by board up and tarp service if required. From there, they will remove all affected material and begin airing out and drying the general area. Once all of the debris, smoke, and soot has been eliminated from the area, they can begin restoring your property back to pristine condition.
What to Look For:
It's best to hire a locally owned company that has a focus and connection to your community. You should also ensure that the service personnel you are dealing with are fully qualified, trained, and experienced at diagnosing and solving the problems that affect your property. When you are dealing with severe fire and smoke damage, you want to make sure the company you choose can handle the scope of the project and will help you handle any problems that come up.
SERVPRO of Laurel is a locally owned and operated authority for residential fire damage cleanup and restoration. When fire damage threatens properties in the counties of Jones, Wayne, Covington, and Jeff Davis counties, we can help. Contact us now for a prompt response to your fire damage emergency at 601-425-0119.
How to Winterize your property to prevent frozen pipes
Winter weather is upon us, which means lots of pumpkin spice, sweaters, and football. However, winter weather also means cold temps are right around the corner. Which means colder temperatures, higher electric bill, and possibly snow and ice.
That’s why it is important to prepare for the colder weather by winterizing your pipes. Below is a checklist of important things to consider/complete.
- Use insulation sleeves to insulate pipes. Make sure you cover the pipes fully and do not leave any gaps without insulation as cold air can reach these areas and affect the pipe.
- Be sure to inspect the outside areas of the home or property. Cold air can enter through cracks and cause freezing. That is why it is important to seal any visible cracks with caulk or spray foam.
- When freezing temperatures do occur it is a good idea to allow a faucet to drip to allow water to move continuously throughout the pipes preventing freezing water.
- If the home or property has a crawl space be sure that it properly insulated and block any openings that can allow cold air in.
These measures should ensure that your home or property will be safe from water damage this winter. But, if you do suffer from a water loss, remember that SERVPRO of Laurel is always “here to help.” 601-425-0119
Biohazard Cleaning Services
Bio hazard cleanup can mean many things. It can mean that your house or business has a bacterial or viral issue that needs disinfection. It can also mean that there may have been a death where bodily fluids like blood damaged the building and it needs professional bio-recovery treatment. It can also be a situation where chemicals from an accident require a level of cleanup that you are not comfortable with.
Whatever the type of job, you can trust SERVPRO of Laurel to respond quickly. The risk of infection is a serious matter if you have immunocompromised family, friends or customers and employees inhabiting the facility.
Many times these types of bio hazard services are covered by your insurance company.
Please call us if you have any questions or concerns. 601-425-0119
Helpful steps if you find mold in your Rental Property.
What To Do if You Find Mold in Your Rental Property.
Mold spores are everywhere and are harmless when they're floating around, but the trouble comes when they take up residence in your apartment or rental home in Laurel, MS. Whether it's in your bathroom or around your windows, mold can pop up wherever moisture is. As a tenant, here are some things to do when you discover mold contamination in your home.
1. Appraise the Situation
Before you do anything, take a closer look to make sure the substance you're seeing is actually mold and not dirt or mildew. If it's mildew, which looks fluffy or powdery and is usually gray, white or yellow, it is easy to clean off. If you determine that the substance is mold, try to find the source of the moisture it's feeding on. If it's around your shower or windows, that's a pretty obvious reason why it might be there, but if it's on your walls, there might be a pipe leaking, requiring some more intense water and mold cleanup.
2. Contact Your Landlord
If you've determined that there needs to be some action taken, call your landlord. Send them pictures of the mold and explain what's happening. Since mold is usually tied to a water problem, they'll want to respond quickly. When you do this, though, don't assume that they'll automatically take care of the cost of the mold cleanup. If the source is a leaky pipe that is outside of your control, it's usually their responsibility, but if you caused a flood or haven't been ventilating the bathroom properly when you shower, it's often your job to cover the expenses. If you think the mold contamination may be your fault, talk with your renter's insurance about what they'll cover and what they won't.
Mold is a common issue in homes, but it's important that you respond quickly if you think you've found some in yours. This keeps the mold cleanup process from becoming bigger and more costly than it needs to be.
Season to be aware for fire damage.
We often hear about a particular time of the year as being the “season for house fires,” meaning house fire disasters are on the rise from that month forward. It is usually associated with colder weather when we start to use more home heating. When it comes to your home, however, there is no “season” for a fire. It can strike at any time. The sad fact is that 2,500 people will be killed in fires over the next year. 13,000 people will suffer serious injuries related to fires and the loss of property – in terms of real dollars – will be more than $7 Billion!
SERVPRO of Laurel provides expert restoration services if you have experienced a house fire. If that is your situation now, please call (601) 425-0199 so we can begin restoring your home. The residue left from a fire, known as soot, presents hidden dangers if not properly removed from your home and your possessions. Soot is acidic in nature and within hours to days, it will begin to decay or even destroy whatever surface it comes in contact with.
Our homes are a collection of different types of materials, all of which represent unique risks once they have been exposed to the heat from a fire. The structure itself is composed of wood and sheetrock. Electrical wiring is wrapped with plastics and rubber. Insulation is found in attics and behind walls. Floors are made of wooden materials that have been coated with chemicals to preserve their beauty, or covered with synthetic materials found in carpets. Each presents its own set of risks. The water used to extinguish the fire also presents a different set of problems for furniture that comes in contact with it and personal belongings left on floors.
SERVPRO of Laurel technicians are trained to determine what can be salvaged and what needs to be discarded. Each home contains items of sentimental value like pictures and heirlooms. Until help arrives, pictures need to be removed from glass frames as quickly as possible so they can dry unless they have become stuck to the glass. Valuable items like jewelry, weapons, ammunition, financial papers and other personal items should be removed from the home for safe keeping.
Our restoration specialists treat the damaged contents of your home with the utmost respect and care. Once cleaned and restored, we will safely store your property until your home is ready for your return. Our job is to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”
ERP - You can be ruined to you can be ready!
When Disaster strikes you can be ruined or you can be Ready. As a business owner you always want to make sure you have emergency contacts close by in case anything unexpected happens. We have seen the Stress experienced by business owners during trying and unexpected times and have helped bring control back to your business. SERVPRO realizes that you might not think about the unexpected things that might happen to your business; fire, flooding, tornado damage, etc.
That's why we have our Emergency Ready Program available to you! Our ERP, Emergency Ready Profile is the best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster, plan for it now! As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost. A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed. A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by. Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money. Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.” Give us a call today and set up your ERP